On July 30, 2022 our dear father Jan Greeve, passed away peacefully at the age of 87. He was born and raised in Utrecht, Netherlands. He was the third child of eight from his father Teunis Greeve, and mother Elberta van der Zouw.
Jan leaves behind to mourn his loving wife and best friend of almost 65 years Daliea (nee Rosenquist), daughter Corrie (Derek), sons Tony, John (Carol), Carl (Sheras), Immanuel (Tanis), and Adriyel (Leanne).
He will also be missed by his 18 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. He also leaves to mourn one surviving sibling Johanna Koppe of Calgary.
He is predeceased by his parents and siblings Nel, Bep, Adrie, Teunis, Arie, Corrie and daughter in law Cathy.
At the age of 37 dad and mom packed up their 5 (then) kids and moved us all to the promised land of Canada in 1972. It was fitting that we arrived on July 1, Canada Day, and we quickly learned the language in the city of Edmonton, Alberta. Dad became independent very quickly and looked after his family working various jobs.
Dad supported us with various vocations, as a taxi driver, train conductor with CN and as a journeyman electrician. He had a dream of gaining his private pilot’s license and almost succeeded but as usual he selflessly exchanged his family commitments for this dream. Mom and dad worked hard to support us all, including giving us a private school education.
Our father was blessed with the gift of music. Throughout his life, starting from the age of sixteen, he blessed many congregations in both the Netherlands and Canada leading worship with the pipe organ. When he began to play he truly entered a completely different world worshipping his Saviour. He purchased an Allan organ in his later years and from the basement of his acreage home, rattled the rafters with the booming sound of the pipes.
His retirement years were spent helping anyone that needed it, Sudoku and trips to his beloved Kauai where he spent many contented days on the front porch perch drinking in two things: the sun and his treasured coffee. Even in retirement, mom and dad have always been very generous with giving even when they had very little.
His many grandchildren called him “funny Opa” because he had a way of making them laugh.
Dad died surrounded by his loved ones, and even at the very end, unable to speak, he smiled broadly as we sang the worship songs and hymns he loved. He left us without fuss or complaint, and the world is now a little less bright for his absence. We miss you dad, but we know that one day we will all be together again and we will worship our loving God face to face. What a day that will be!
Service to be held on August 13, 2022 at 2:30
PM at St. Georges Anglican Church, Ft. Saskatchewan. Fellowship to follow.
Livestream Link: https://www.legacytributevideo.ca/jan-greeve
Serenity Funeral Service
780 998 1422